Molly and teens: What parents need to know about MDMA

What parents need to know about the dangerous

What parents need to know about the dangerous drug Molly. (Credit: MorgueFile)

Q. What is Molly? What should parents know?

A. Molly is the nickname kids use for an illegal drug parents might know as Ecstasy. It's technically named MDMA, after its chemical components. It may be sold in little plastic baggies as a white powder that is snorted, says Jeffrey Reynolds, executive director of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

It also can come as a capsule of white powder to be swallowed; the exterior can be white or another color, such as light blue, Reynolds says. It also might be in tablet form, he says.


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The drug kicks in quickly, and can last three to six hours, Reynolds says. It's frequently used at dance clubs, raves and electronic music festivals and costs $20 to $30 a dose, he says. Part of the danger: There's no way to know what might actually be in the stuff kids buy, Reynolds warns.

Molly was in the news after two people overdosed at a Labor Day weekend concert in New York City and died. "It's another thing parents need to look out for," Reynolds says. He urges parents to use the media attention as a discussion springboard.

"You're not going to give your kid new ideas. It's in rap songs, it's in popular music," he says. "All of the increased attention to Molly right now is a great opportunity to have the conversation with your kids without being accusatory."

Show them articles and ask if they know about Molly's risks.

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